7 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

7 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

7 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 31st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planner.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

Similar Plans

10 days in Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ITALY July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ITALY July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Australia BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM INDIA October, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM INDIA October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT